Reflection: All change begins with a decision

__Be strong and of good courage, and get started…

This is the time of year when people seem to talk most about changing something they are doing, either doing it better, or less, or more, or not at all. “In the New Year, I will…” the proclamations go, but then a week or so later, things are still being done pretty much the same way all in all… Is that you? I hope the answer is no.

“All change begins with a decision. You made a decision that took you into whatever it is that is destroying you, and getting out of it, also requires a decision…”

These are words of Dr A.R. Bernard, taken from notes I wrote down years ago. I will share a few more today as I know many of you are starting to consider your New Year “resolutions” which I think for an entrepreneur, we should instead call “goals.” Let’s talk!

__Not just for the Senior Class: What is your own goal-setting #process? Do you write them down?

“Decision-Dedication-Discipline…” my notes continued.

“The moment you make a decision to change, you are energized. Decision means you have passed judgment on the issue under consideration. You cannot embrace the new, unless you pass judgement on the old.

Decision must be followed by dedication; in other words, you must be devoted to that change that you have decided to make in your life.

The third component is discipline. Discipline is the bridge between a thought, and its accomplishment.”

What is the hardest part about discipline for you? Is it believing in yourself? Thinking your dreams seem impossible to achieve?

“The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the #mindset of the oppressed,” said Steve Biko, the late South African anti-Apartheid activist, in a paraphrased quote I know most of you have heard before.

# There are many challenges in life, but do not be imprisoned by your own thoughts and fears.

We know there are people around us with a #mindset that tends to see problems and wait for others to solve them. There are others, like many of you entrepreneurs on this page, with a problem-solving #mindset, even amidst huge challenges around you.

__Entrepreneurs, visionaries, creators, innovators, inventors: Many of you right here are the hope of the continent and the world! I am not exaggerating. And many of you are indeed already busy transforming thoughts to accomplishments. (Read somewhere recently: “The road to success is always under construction!”)

Now looking forward with that thought to the New Year ahead, let me mention a couple of exciting things happening in January that will kick off our entrepreneurial year. First, I will be taking part in a “co-creation” conversation at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Thursday, 24 January with Mr Svein Tore Holsether, CEO of Yara International (the largest crop nutrient company in the world, based in Norway).

We’ll be talking together and also listening to others’ ideas about a new agri-food youth entrepreneurship initiative we’re calling “Generation Africa.” I’ll tell you more about it soon. I hope we’ll be able to livestream the conversation here, and if some of you are in Davos, perhaps there’s still some way for you to attend in person.

Secondly, I wanted to let you know about a new pan-African entrepreneurship competition sponsored by Alibaba founder, Jack Ma. His team approached me and asked that I bring it to your attention as they have been following our discussions on this platform.

Applications will open next month and close sometime in April. Check out: http://www.netpreneur.africa/ to find out more. I would love to see some of you on stage!

“Either you will lead change, or change will lead you. And if you want to take my advice, you lead,” said Dr Bernard, “because when change leads, it may take you where you do not want to go. Your ability to lead change will determine your success in life.”

Happy New Year.

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About Strive Masiyiwa

Strive Masiyiwa is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Econet, a diversified global telecommunications group with operations and investments in over 15 countries. His business interests also include renewable energy, financial services, media and hospitality. Masiyiwa serves on a number of international boards, including Unilever, Rockefeller Foundation, the Council on Foreign Relations’ Global Advisory Board, the Africa Progress Panel, the UN Secretary General's Advisory Board for Sustainable Energy, Morehouse College, Hilton Foundation's Humanitarian Prize Jury and the Kenjin-Tatsujin International Advisory Council. He is one of the founders, with Sir Richard Branson, of the global think tank, the Carbon War Room, and a founding member of the Global Business Coalition on Education. Masiyiwa took over the Chairmanship of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) from Kofi Annan. He is also Chair of the Micronutrient Initiative, a global organization focused on ending child hunger and improving nutrition. In 2012, Masiyiwa was invited by President Obama to address leaders at the Camp David G-8 Summit on how to increase food production and end hunger in parts of Africa. In 2014, Masiyiwa was selected to Fortune Magazine’s list of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders”. As a philanthropist, he is a member of the Giving Pledge, and his contributions to education, health and development have been widely recognized. Masiyiwa and his wife finance the Higher Life Foundation, which provides scholarships to over 42,000 African orphans. In 2015, he was the recipient of the International Rescue Committee’s Freedom Award and was presented with a UN Foundation Global Leadership Award for the work of the Africa Against Ebola Solidarity Trust, which he chairs and helped establish to fund the deployment of African healthcare workers to combat the outbreak in West Africa.

32 thoughts on “Reflection: All change begins with a decision

  1. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Afterthought 1.

    A friend of mine who read my post last week about the Nigerian schoolgirl Leah Sharibu, sent a touching quote attributed to a child prisoner in a Nazi camp during WW2:

    “Every day, no matter how bad it may be, I shall say: from tomorrow on I shall be sad, not today…”

    Wow. We continue to pray for Leah’s strength of spirit in her captivity. Thank you to those of you here, thousands of you, who wrote words of love and comfort to Leah, her family, and to other innocents held hostage around the world. We will compile and send out your messages next week.

    Mr Jerry Rimie Anze posted this (4m) video as his prayer for Leah. It’s called Christmas in Captivity. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hwT7ylZ0B4

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  2. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Afterthought 4.

    This year marked a great loss for me personally, Africa and the world, with the passing of my dear friend Chief Kofi Annan. Here’s a link to a brief tribute video made by The Elders, celebrating his lifelong commitment to improving the lives of people everywhere: pic.twitter.com/ImyLbECvRZ

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  3. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Afterthought 5.

    “Discernment is not a matter of simply telling the difference between right and wrong; rather it is telling the difference between right and almost right.” Charles Spurgeon

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  4. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    #Reflection:
    The Higher Life Foundation has provided scholarships for 200,000 children in Zimbabwe over the last 20 years. With a permanent staff of more than 200 people, it works in every single province of Zimbabwe.
    Every year the foundation gives scholarships to 100 gifted children (10 from each province, including 50 girls). This 18 year program which we call Joshua Nkomo Scholarship prepares students to go to some of the best universities in the world. This program has produced a Rhodes Scholar 5 years in a row. There are currently 354 Joshualites studying in the United States.

    Now here is something I want to put on record:
    #1. Higher Life Foundation and the Joshua Nkomo Scholarship program, is entirely the brain child of my wife Tsitsi Masiyiwa.
    She is the one who set them up and EVERY OTHER PROGRAM and manages them on a full time basis.

    She just comes to me for the money.
    She is also the one who finds all the donor partners who we work with throughout Africa.

    I have never seen the foundation, and I have never participated in any of its activities, beyond providing the money. I’m not even a board member.

    I have not been to Zimbabwe for 18 and half years, but in all those years my wife insisted she would continue to go there, and was once detained and questioned by Mugabe’s police for an entire day.

    She travels the length and breadth of Zimbabwe every year supporting orphaned and vulnerable children,

    #2. When the Cholera outbreak began in Zimbabwe a few months ago. It was my wife who showed me the World Health Organization presentation that predicted that it could kill 10,000 people, if it went unchecked:
    She demanded that I put up $10m to cover the cost. Subsequently she asked for another $10m. Now she has asked that I commit $60m to help restore water and sewage piping in Harare.

    She is the one who drafted the letters that I had to sign to donors around the world.

    To paraphrase the Apostle Jude, “we must contend, and fight for that which is good.”

    I would like to thank all those friends like Trevor Ncube, who have stood up for my wife whilst she was being cyber bullied, shouted down and stalked on platforms like Twitter.

    Sadly one of the foremost bullies is a Zimbabwean who works for an international organization that is highly respected for its work on human rights. It’s founder, now 95 is a close family friend. I hope my human rights friend is happy now that he has stopped her from using Twitter. Maybe now he and others like him will stop this pathetic misogyny.

    What about the rights of women like my wife to also express an opinion?

    Strive Masiyiwa.

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  5. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    #Reflection:
    “Show me a crisis, and I will show you an opportunity to wisely lead change that was not taken until that crisis finally emerged; this can be in business or even in politics.
    Seize every opportunity to wisely lead change, and don’t procrastinate until you have a crisis on your hands.”
    [Anon]

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  6. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Mark writes,

    Thanks Strive.I enter 2019 ‘’ We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed’’.This year has been tough-our initial business model failed-spent 6 months revamping a new business model.My biggest supporter my wife is now growing weary-suggesting I go back into full time employment until business stabilizes.But I know the hope that is in my heart.Made a lot of mistakes but learnt from them,dusted myself and rebuilding.God may your face shine upon me in 2019.

    My reply,
    Today as I travelled back to London from Rwanda, I spent several hours working on a new series which addresses an issue many of you have been asking about for a long time:
    “How do you deal with failure of a product, service or even an entire business”.
    It is true that 70% of new start ups fail within the first year. This is a global statistic.
    It stands to reason that some of this platform are facing a very tough time.
    I will show you how to cope.

    It is time that I addressed those who are “hard pressed on all sides.”

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  7. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    #ShoutOut Jerry Masungo,

    I would like to give a #ShoutOut Of appreciation to Jerry Masungo, and all those who have joined him and others in their campaign of support after the misogyny [hatred of women], cyber stalking, and bullying of my wife.
    It’s a small group of people who are being financed by a certain businessman that bears a long time grudge. Our lawyers are working on it.
    It too will be a learning moment for some of you entrepreneurs out there.

    We must never be silent when our own people are being attacked.

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  8. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Someone writes,

    Top 10 only to the ignorant ones. Make sure you take spare bulbs for your car cos if it should happen that 1 malfunctions and you dont change it, you will be fined 700usd.no negotiations the government is so broke that it looks for salaries of its workers from the street. You can go there at your own risk.

    My reply,
    I’m sorry to hear about the terrible experience that you had in Zimbabwe, that led you to condemn it in this manner.

    Let me share with you my own experience:
    Several years ago, my wife, daughter, sister in law, and I were attending a Christian conference in Dallas USA. We were staying at a 5-Star hotel in a beautiful neighborhood. One evening we decided to take a walk in this neighborhood. As the four of us walked along the sidewalk, a police car suddenly appeared with its lights flashing. The officer in the car ordered me to step forward, and demanded my ID, and an explanation for being in the neighborhood!
    He later explained that a complaint had been made about our presence in the area, which had no black people!

    I did not use that incident and many others that I and other Africans may have experienced to say people should not go to America. I choose to focus on what is good, and that far outweighs the bad, I believe that is the way of all nations.

    I choose to put aside the bad memories and take away the good.

    I hope you will find it in your heart to also give Zimbabwe a chance, and hopefully one day we will welcome you back.
    We all love our countries, and we also think they are great, and our people are great even when they are poor, and still developing.

    God bless you.
    Happy new year.

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  9. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Otis writes,

    Strive Masiyiwa you shall be impressed with the Papstix / sadzastix innovation mukoma ..

    My reply,
    Good to see you commenting again. I have missed you.
    Your father was a great mentor to me also when I was just starting out. He encouraged me. We didn’t always agree but I respected him, and continue to hold him in high esteem.

    I also want to encourage you:
    This idea of yours is not crazy. I actually experimented with a similar concept but it was an idea ahead of its time. Now is time:
    Innovation in food based on our own cuisines is a massive opportunity in Africa.

    Your mother is a truly special woman.
    My greetings to both your parents.

    Based on the hard numbers that I see, the year ahead will be difficult, but if we all come together [in spite of our many differences] Zimbabwe will pull through.

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  10. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Julius Muzenda writes,

    Thank you God for what you’re doing in Africa by using our own Dr Strive Masiyiwa.

    Dear Dr Strive Masiyiwa. I am seeing you and your wife our mother Tsitsi Masiyiwa being criticized on social media especially by local people and politicians including former ministers.
    This really pierce my heart but I also see this even when Jesus in the Bible was rejected by the people of his own country which I quoted in
    Luke 4:24 And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country.
    Thank you for your love for my Country Zimbabwe and the Whole Africa.

    May God give you many days on earth and protect you and your family.

    The best thing I can do for you is to pray for you and your family Sir. I love you Dr Strive Masiyiwa

    Happy New Year to you and your family from me.

    My reply,
    I have just had a wonderful holiday Julius. I do not read any of that stuff. The only Social Media account I read is this Facebook platform. I don’t use Twitter [before my account was closed, my staff used to post things on it that I had said, but I never ever used it]. It is the same for Instagram and LinkedIn.
    I don’t “follow” anyone on any platform whatsoever, not even Barrack Obama or even my wife and kids!
    I think Twitter is a great platform for politics, but it is difficult for an entrepreneur wanting to discuss ideas with other entrepreneurs [as in my case]. Instagram is great for celebrities but just did not work for me because I’m not a celebrity.

    Some people who vent their frustrations on Social media are in an “echo chamber” of their own voices, in which they do not want to open their minds to the possibilities of other ways to look at problems in order to find a solution.

    Finally, let me make this one observation:
    Don’t you find it curious that the attacks you refer to, began after we successfully completed the biggest listing in Zimbabwean history?
    Hmmm!
    It also happened when I listed Econet for the first time, some of the people involved in those attacks back then, are some of the same people attacking me now.
    One former Minister [now champion of democracy] was involved in the shutting down of my newspaper, which was subsequently bombed. Same guy attacking me now!

    I don’t worry about these things. The law will take its course where necessary.

    Right now I’m thinking about how to turn Vaya, Kwese Iflix, DPA Africa, Technites into $bn businesses. I also want to expand Liquid’s network into west Africa.

    Most importantly for you:
    I want to make you and your friends on this platform, greater entrepreneurs than I ever dreamed for myself!

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  11. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Festo Otieno writes,

    Dear Strive,
    2019 unleashes good hopes and economic tidings for the youth. However, corruption, ethnicity and greed have beheaded the aspirations of African youths. What strategies can effectively help Africa to leapfrog into a developed and stable economy with utmost cognizant of youths in development?

    My reply,
    I know this will surprise you:
    My favorite subject at high school was not maths but history, even though I studied engineering at university.
    I love to read history because it helps me to grasp [amongst other things ] perspective. I study history of the whole world, including the rise and fall of nations and empires.
    One thing I know through history is that even these so called advanced industrialized nations of today, all had many of the challenges we have in Africa today, including corruption, urban slums, greed, bad governments etc. Many even fought wars before they got on the right path.
    There are no easy formulas, but I know we too will make it. Each one of us must do their best learning from others what is good, discarding what is bad, and having the courage to try our own ideas.
    Don’t despair. Look at the extraordinary rise of Rwanda from the depths, and even Ethiopia from its famines.
    The efforts going on in Kenya to deal with ethnicity are interesting to watch, and I’m interested to see where they go [but if you don’t agree, please don’t rail about it here…that would be boring. Just assume I’m too dumb to understand and move on to more interesting topics where I might be more informed].

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  12. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Zephania writes,

    Mentor, I need to shout out here. Two days ago my grandma in the village called me on phone informing me of a plague of rats that has invaded the farms. No seed has been allowed to germinate before it is eaten. Maize, rice, cotton, etc. Rats have outnumbered the farms. Knowing I am knowledgeable in chemicals she demanded I bring a solution to the problem. Farmers are overwhelmed with fear of famine should this scenario continue. I have been thinking about this problem and I don’t seem to personally have a direct solution. Maybe on this platform someone can share experience and maybe some light can be shed on how we can tackle this. Zephania Malembela, Tanzania.

    My reply,
    I will ask the people at AGRA to comment on this problem.
    Where in Tanzania is it?

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  13. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Franc Kamugyisha writes,

    Strive Masiyiwa, this is great Chief!, your approach in transforming the next generation of Entrepreneurs impresses everyone . I must say this to you that your lectures, continue to impact millions of people those who are members of this platform and indirectly for the friends of members of this platform!.

    I can confidently tell you that I am already impacted by getting information and I am hopeful that I will be able to create more than 50 direct jobs and 300 indirect jobs especially for the marginalized youth and women who collect, sort plastic waste, recycle them into an alternative to wooden timbers and an alternative floor tile to substitute cement and dirty floors.

    Thanks #Masiyiwa, as Ugandans, we are proud of you and pray that you continue impacting more lives of many.

    Franc Kamugyisha.

    My reply,
    50 direct jobs!
    300 indirect jobs!
    Wow!
    There are a lot of people out there who have never stopped to think how hard it is to create jobs.
    I take my hat off to you.
    Have a truly prosperous year ahead. May you go from strength to strength.

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  14. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Sola Matthews writes,

    There is no beginning too small.

    Yesterday, our NGO, Christiana Titilayo Foundation (CTF) in partnership with GoGlobal Solutions held a FREE training on the fundamentals of wordpress.

    Unexpectedly, a DEAF WOMAN registered and came for the Training.

    It was challenging but at the end of the class, she was able to create her own blog.

    She sent me a personally message on WhatsApp of how happy she was to be part of the class.

    By God’s grace, in 2019, one of my goals is to train at least, 20 deaf and dumb on digital skills particularly blogging either with WordPress or Blogger.

    This would help these set of people to be able to voice out or speak up using blogging platforms.

    Hopefully, they’ll be able to monetise it too.

    It’s a small beginning but we are going to start, anyway.

    Thank you, Mentor Strive Masiyiwa, for always inspiring us.

    My reply,
    I commend you for this initiative.
    Please keep me informed from time to time. My team will also link you up with people we meet who might be able to help you further.
    Happy new year.

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  15. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Sydney Mukonoweshuro writes,

    For every one after tainting your image,you have literally millions;whose lives you have touched,whose bussinesses you have mentored,You have an army bigger than the Chinese army with you.

    A feeble attempt to relevance by men who failed to rise to their potential cannot be your problem!

    Success has many fathers, failure is an orphan.

    My reply,
    I know.
    I appreciate your comments, and all those others who have given support.
    These are but “minor afflictions”.

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  16. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Sir, your teachings have been guiding my entrepreneurial Journey.
    I analyze every single subject you post. Previously I was reading them generally but after sometimes I discovered that I dont utilize them
    As you say, some of us are in Junior class and others are Senior class, To my side I have gone in detail by Compiling them and categorized your posts into three phases based on the Business Level
    namely:

    #1 Posts for Pre – Business (those who still yet seen the opportunity and those with idea already) eg. The post on “this is how we start”, “learn to make hard choice” and so on..

    #2 for start up business/a business at early stage eg “the big secret for turning your small business into a big business”, how to raise Capital, control or growth and the like..

    3# A growing business (mature business) and the grown one eg “the hardest thing to do in Business (building an efficient organization)”, also raising Capital,

    # Others are general like Corruption etc

    Whenever I want to do anything on my Business, I find the post related to the stage of our Business. This has been helpful to our Spatial Planning Company http://www.spvafrica.com (sorry currently there is a problem with our website but we are working on it) which came into operations early this year 2018. “we use your teaching as a Guideline Sir” and we have been successful. We have introduced the use Geographic information systems (GIS)/mapping as a new technology to solve various community problems.

    I realized that reading your posts only and not practice, one can perhaps undestand but dont ulitilize until getting started, I talk from my experience,as I started reading since 2014 i had no business idea, even when I got an idea, i was just reading as a story, Until we registered our business, now I understand everything you tell us and I have something to comment unlike the days before.

    On behalf of “Spatial Planning Vision Co. Ltd” which is dedicated to you! We are so grateful for you wisdom. We pray for you everyday.

    My reply,
    This is so beautiful.
    Makes me want to dance!
    “Spatial Planning Vision Company Ltd” is great, but you may have to make it shorter:
    #”Enhanced Communications Network”, was also a mouthful, so we changed it to:
    ECONET!
    #Masiyiwa Communications was also a little too long, so we changed it to:
    MASCOM!

    I’m proud of you, nevertheless!

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  17. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Simeon Odii ,

    2018 was amazing for me and my team for years I had registered my company but didn’t know how to start up my business.
    Opportunities were staring at me but I couldn’t see them.
    Then you posted the #Reimagine Rural and for the first time I saw it clearly,it was like saying “SIMEON we need you to do this come to our Aid we are suffering”.

    Just like our Lord Jesus I answered ” Here I am send me send me”.

    Today our company ODIS LOGISTICS have in just 6 month employed 5 permanent staffs and we are truly solving the mystery behind Pharmaceutical distribution in our community. Yes we are taking fake drugs out of the shelves of all Retail Pharmacies one shelve at a time.

    Thank you Papa Strive.
    God bless you

    My reply,
    Awesome-NESS!
    I love this.
    Well done.

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  18. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Goodluck Ojusin writes,

    Leader, building businesses and creating Jobs has always being my dream. I discovered this platform just four month after I returned from the US. I was motivated to build my first business. April 2018, I created my first business with five staffs member. Just last month(December 2018), I have another business with an intension of employing 4 staffs for a start. I am very hopeful that in 5 years time, I will be able to create over 30 jobs. This is my dream. I believed in God.

    My reply,
    I read all your comments!
    You have so much passion.
    Just one small advice, which others might also find useful:
    Focus on just one business at a time. One month is too short to be thinking of the next business.
    I usually advise people not to start another business for at least 5 years [its in my earlier teachings].
    The toughest time in a start-Up is the first two to three years.
    Secondly, whatever money you make plough it back into the business.

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  19. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Austin Uzim ,
    [response to Zephania]

    This is what I like about you!
    I wish others would emulate this practical example in how to help others.
    It was a quick selfless response to help someone else, without any desire to gain, but simply to be helpful.
    The capacity on this platform would be amplified 3,6m X, if we all did what you just did!
    As a community of this platform, let’s try and help each other more, even with just small acts of kindness like this.
    Well done.

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  20. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Austin posted something from the Internet.
    The people at AGRA told me they will be engaging the Tanzanian government to see if they need any help.
    It’s apparently very hard to deal with rodent infestations of this nature.

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  21. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    The New York Times article that I posted on how some people are reacting to Driverless Cars is incredibly instructive, about how some people react to change:
    #Really badly!

    Change is the only constant in life.
    The Apostle Paul said “if you can see something, then it is subject to change.”
    If you really want to have a good laugh one day, just do some web searches on how some [fearful] people reacted for the first to other inventions that we now take for granted like cars, airplanes, trains, toasters, computers, flushing toilets etc.,
    Driverless cars, and trucks will within 15 years be som common place, few people will bother to learn to drive, let alone own a car.
    There are going to be no petrol or diesel cars anywhere in the world within 25 years! Already some countries have set 2040, as a deadline to ban them!
    There will be no human beings involved in underground mining within 25 years.
    All those jobs will not be “lost” because there will be “gains” through the new technologies. That is how it always works.
    There was a time when young women, spent a year at college learning to “type”. Hundreds of millions of women were employed in this job around the world. So what happened, because 5 year olds can now “type”?
    #NeverFearChange!

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  22. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Nicky Verd writes,

    I totally agree with Sydney Mukonoweshuro….. you have an Army behind you Dr Strive Masiyiwa. What you and your amazing wife are doing for Africa will transcend generations and your names will go down in history books…but haters will neither be remembered nor celebrated. As you start the new year….I encourage you to keep doing what you are doing for Africa with these words of Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th American President…
    “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man/woman who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself/herself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he/she fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his/her place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” #MajorRespectSir

    My reply,
    Appreciated. You always saying things that bless us on this platform.

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  23. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Mr Ken Roth,
    I have replied in full to your comments [particularly the one on Twitter] through this platform.
    You will find the full reply in two parts on this platform.

    It is a very sad day on which you call me on Twitter a “defender of repression” and use Jonathan Moyo’s article attacking me to support your position. It is like using an article by Paul Joseph Goebbels to argue for justice!

    #1. I owned Zimbabwe’s largest daily independent newspaper. It was bombed with explosives when he was minister of information. He had threatened me and boasted about it later!

    #2. When I reopened the newspaper he introduced the harshest media laws, and shut it down permanently.
    I continued to pay the staff for all the years it was closed.

    #3. Prior to the closure of the paper he arrested journalists almost every week.

    #4. He sent thugs to the Supreme Court of Zimbabwe to force the resignation of the entire bench. The thugs jumped onto the benches and mocked the judges.

    #5. He was part of a decision to lock up senior executives who were locked up in leg irons because I was accused of financing the opposition, and free press in the country.

    #6. Jonathan Moyo organized farm invasions, theft of elections, violence against the opposition.
    He regularly called for my arrest, and harm.

    I never imagined the leader of Human Rights Watch would one day circulate an unsubstantiated false, malicious, and inflammatory attack by one of the most vicious enemies of human rights and freedom in the history of Africa.

    #Sad!

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  24. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    George Mpofu writes,

    God has blessed you. You are rich and powerful… But please don’t use your power to silence those whose opinions differ from yours or your family’s.

    My reply,
    Everything I ever say is found here. There are volumes and volumes of writings, and it is all aimed at helping those who will take it and help themselves to build better livelihoods.
    When will you personally write to commend me for 20 years of helping orphans, or for taking up the fight to stop Cholera from killing thousands?
    Where were you when I took up the fight to fight Ebola?

    Show more what I have done that would lead you to conclude such an evil thing without a shred of evidence?
    Who did I silence, son? Who?

    I use my mind to develop products and services which I think people can use. I have never had favor from any person in government. I was hounded out of my country at gun point 19 years ago.
    What is this “power” that you talk about, when I could not attend weddings and funerals of family and friends for nearly 20 years?

    I pour out myself on this platform day and night to try and help young people to set up businesses, and create jobs for their fellow citizens.

    You spend your time listening to outlandish conspiracy theories from lunatics that should be in asylums, and it blinds you from ever seeing good.
    Don’t grieve the Holy Spirit, who made me what I’m and to whom I give the glory, by rejecting His testimony in me.
    I went to the Supreme Court of Zimbabwe, and waged a five year legal battle for “Freedom of Expression”, for which I lived in terror.
    I helped set up the three key independent newspapers of Zimbabwe, when it was total taboo:
    The Zimbabwe Independent, The Standard, The Daily News, were all funded by me to help give you a voice:
    And you come here to tell me, I “silence people with power”:
    Perhaps you are the one who would want to silence me?

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  25. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Adedayo Olumuyiwa writes,

    Hello great Chief, hope you and the family are doing well.

    This is one of the fledgling companies your ideas and insights helped birthed on this life changing platform.

    We have franchised it to Zambians and Sierra Leoneans too.

    Tomorrow is a Course which is dedicated to you, great Chief. This is it below:

    FRIDAY’S (04-01-19)CURATED DIGITAL LECTURE ACROSS AFRICA

    Free “Digital Education” for Africans!

    Having accepted the fact that our “Edubrainics Smartphone Campus” is rapidly growing, exponentially. This, of course, has made our global team so delighted this moment.

    Also, truth is: Dr. Strive Masiyiwa’s feats in Africa and around the globe have been our major source of inspiration .

    As a matter of fact, since I began following this entrepreneurial heavy weight, my mindset has been transformed and upscaled! So do the mindsets of millions all over the world!

    Edubrainics Africa(EA)’s First Female Digital Lecturer, an intellectually gifted fellow with a Master’s degree in Petroleum Geology from one of the leading Universities in Nigeria, will do her magic again. Rosemary Ogunbiyi(Mrs), being a metamorphosed entrepreneur today, would be handling a Course(at Edubrainics Smartp Campus) that she apparently has passion for, and the Course, in appreciation of Dr. Strive Masiyiwa’s great works in Africa and across the world is titled: “Masiyiwa’s Entrepreneurial Essays and Thoughts”(MEET) tonight by 8P.M. This is holding via our academic channels: App and website, respectively.

    Our ” Edubrainics Smartphone Campus”, first in Nigeria and Africa, has intellectuals, scholars, researchers, education enthusiasts and stakeholders from Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Somalia, South Africa, Ghana, Democratic Republic of Congo(DRC), Botswana, Zambia, Cameroon, etc.; not excluding Africans in diaspora, especially in Canada and America. The number is increasing daily.

    Edubrainics Africa Consulting Limited, consists of leading Professors, PhD and Masters degree holders, Lecturers, Teachers, CEOs, School Owners, Graduates, Entrepreneurs, Directors, Barristers, Educators, Students, etc.

    Other nontraditional Courses offered at our EA Online Campus/Smartphone University are: Comparative Education, Artificial Intelligence and Technology, Chemistry, Business and Entrepreneurship Education (BEE), Maritime/Shipping Science, Neuroscience and Neuroeducation, Positive Psychology, Sports Science, etc.

    First of its kind in Africa, and only in Edubrainics Africa! We are transforming Education in Africa by providing “Everywhere Digital Education”.

    P.S. Dr. Strive Masiyiwa has continuously underscored these: Education and Entrepreneurship. Also, he stresses the Power of Technology in solving most of Africa’s stubborn problems and challenges. Join Africa’s First Smartphone Campus and let us eradicate – Illiteracy on the African Continent!

    Join: https://chat.whatsapp.com/E8Zjh3zHCQF6MsGDhot8bj

    Website: http://www.esc.edubrainicsafrica.org

    App download:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.esc.android

    Email: fadek2f@gmail.com
    No: +2347062022296

    My reply,
    It’s amazing what you are beginning to do.
    I do follow all these developments from me, and I love it.

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  26. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    #Pause:
    I have just seen this comment from Dewa Mavhinga:

    “ I stand for respect for all human rights—women’s rights are human rights!
    No to cyber-bullying and No to misogyny (Prejudice against women). Let us, one and all work to promote all rights..”

    This is an excellent comment, and I believe you said it with sincerity. I accept this, as does my wife @Tsitsi Masiyiwa.
    We are Christians and forgiveness comes easily to us, and with us it is unconditional.

    My brother,
    If you had just done this immediately after you had the initial interaction with Tsitsi Masiyiwa, none of this would have happened:
    I have often told my own family that whilst Twitter is a great platform, in some respects, the short nature of the communication lends itself to easily saying something that can be misunderstood:
    @Tsitsi Masiyiwa said “some”, you replied by saying “All”—some of the activist community who follow and comment with you, then took “ALL”, and were naturally offended.

    Some of those who then entered the discourse began to use very vulgar and abusive language in addressing @Tsitsi, totally disagreeable to our African culture. In my humble opinion that was the time for you (junior brother) to call those guys out to order, by saying exactly what you just said:

    “You are now cyber bulling and abusing her. I will not be part of this!”

    We have all learnt something from this unfortunate incident.
    The work you do in Human Rights is important, and I for one appreciate it. You have been at it for a long time, and you must prosper.

    Please return to the work of fighting for Human Rights.
    I release you in peace.

    Let me now get back to my work of helping young entrepreneurs on this platform.

    I also ask them to dial down the battle cry. We have made our point, next Monday we must get back to our businesses, and create more jobs.
    Let us not comment further, and no more #Hashtags!

    Strive Masiyiwa

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  27. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    #Condolences to our dear brother:

    Oladipupo Alade‪ writes,

    Strive Masiyiwa I lost my wife this year, the greatest loss my whole life.

    My reply,
    Dear Oladipupo, my heartfelt, deepest condolences to you, your family and friends.
    The two most important decisions of our lives are:
    #1. To find a true relationship with God;
    #2. The person we marry.

    You have lost your bride, and life partner.
    #Im deeply saddened.

    Stay hard on the Lord, cling to Him, and let Him carry you through this valley.

    As your family on this platform we surely mourn with you. I’m about to go to my morning prayer, and I will be sure to offer up a special prayer, to The Lord who alone can comfort.
    I know others will also join me.
    Be strong my dear brother, be strong.
    Strive Masiyiwa

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  28. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    #Reflection:
    During the First World War there was a “weapon of war” called Mustard Gas. In order to kill your opponents you threw it like a hand grenade and it would burst and release this deadly gas.
    The weapon had several major drawbacks, including the fact that the gas could be blown back to your own soldiers by the wind—this unintended consequence resulted in it being banned.
    People who used land mines were targeting their combatant enemies, but they ended up killing poor none combatant innocent women and children.
    Mustard Gas, and landmines were banned as a weapon of war.

    In the case of Zimbabwe [I can only speak about my own country], sanctions should not be used as a “weapon of war” to end human rights abuses, because they are affecting the livelihoods of the very same people whose lives we want to see improved.

    I speak not as someone who supports any political party or its leader, but as someone who spends a lot of time thinking about how we can create jobs, for people. My company supports over 100,000 jobs, including over 50,000 small business owners who sell our products and mobile money.

    I know lots of investors and banks who are legally prohibited by their own governance rules not to operate in a country with sanctions, no matter how narrow they are defined.

    Sanctions as a “weapon of war” against human rights and other issues that must be addressed in Zimbabwe, must in my humble opinion be taken out of the “theatre of political war”, it is an ineffective, indiscriminate weapon.

    I’m for Human Rights. I support and respect activists for human rights. I always have. I even fund a scholarship for human rights activists.

    I have lived outside Zimbabwe for almost 19 years, not out of choice. It has always been about my personal Human Rights, and I have spoken consistently about it for nearly two decades.

    Even as we worked together [from my home] through the crisis of 2008, Morgan Tsvangirai knew and respected the fact that as a businessman, I could not support sanctions as a weapon to get Mugabe out. Sanctions gave Mugabe a crutch to be able to blame someone else for the disaster he was creating through his policies.

    MT knew I lived outside the country because of denial of one of the most fundamental human rights; my right to live in safety without fear for my life.

    I never joined MDC, and I was never a member. Morgan respected that too.

    I’m not a member of ZANU (PF) or any other political organization.

    I will work with anyone including the government of the day to help improve the lives of ordinary Zimbabweans. For instance on the fight against Cholera, our people are working with the government of President Munangagwa, and also the City Of Harare leadership who are all MDC (opposition). Together we have found common ground (in the midst of our differences) to fight an enemy that kills ordinary innocent people.
    Why not think of our battle over the collapsing economy in the same way? If we don’t act now there could be such serious problems the likes of which we have not imagined.
    Whether in business or politics we must all be willing to review the tools we are using to try and solve a problem, and if something has not had the desired result we should be willing to thoughtfully review it, and have the courage where necessary to find other more effective tools.

    Strive Masiyiwa

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  29. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    #Pause:
    Wisdom is in Timing!
    When it comes to wisdom, it is not enough to know what to say or do in a situation, but also the timing to enable maximum impact.
    The Bible has a tiny little book, called Esther. Throughout the book there is no reference to “God”. And yet this little book is loaded with godly wisdom.
    Esther had a big crisis to deal with, and she knew exactly what she wanted, and she knew how to get it. What always intrigued me though was her approach to “Timing”:
    I call it the “wisdom of timing”.
    For instance if you approach someone when they are upset or distracted, they are not likely to give you the attention you need, so wait. Keep looking for the “Wisdom of Timing”.
    For instance whenever I post about Leah Sharibu, it’s not the time to ask for help with your business. Just wait a few days for the “wisdom of timing”.

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